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Old 01-04-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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i have a 1500 sq. ft. home and I want to power approximately 50% of it in a power outage. I am looking into a gas powered generator and want to know if a 6000W one will work? Load? AMPs? etc......I am not able to calculate this and just need a possible idea.

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Ayuh,... It'll run Most of what's found in Most homes....

It Won't power electric heat,...
It won't power an electric water heater, unless it's the only thing it's powerin'...

In other words, it Depends on the Loads expected...

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Just knowing that home is 1500 sq/ft is not remotely enough to help you.
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i have a 1500 sq. ft. home and I want to power approximately 50% of it in a power outage. I am looking into a gas powered generator and want to know if a 6000W one will work? Load? AMPs? etc......I am not able to calculate this and just need a possible idea.
each gizmo you want/need to provide power for will have a "rating plate" on it with the watt and volt information. There are also a load of online resources to use as well.

make a list of your gizmo's and their wattage needs... add that up.
6000watts / 120volts = 50amps - 20% safety = 40 amps
and everything doesn't run 100% of the time

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